Location: Wisconsin....about 100 miles south of the Frozen Tundra and 70 miles east of Camp Randall
Gusto and the Rainbow Bridge
Tonight at 8:15 my family and I sent our almost 15 year old black lab mix, Gusto, over the Rainbow Bridge. While we thought this was coming, it was still a shock that tonight would be the night. I adopted Gusto 14 years ago from the Humane Society to be a companion for my Dad after my Mom had died a few months before (I live with my Dad and have since Mom died so he would have someone there with him). While he was my dog, he was my Dad's companion and soul mate. Gusto loved me, but if Dad was around, I was chopped liver Gusto was one of the best dogs ever and he will be sorely missed.
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Please know that you have Fran and my deepest sympathy on your loss of Gusto. I know from what you write that he had not only a long (especially for a Lab) but most importantly happy life with his human family.
Gusto is now in the land of brilliant sunshine where there is no pain and he will be there at the Rainbow Bridge to greet you with wagging tail when once again, you'll both be together.
Oh no Lisa, as soon as I saw the name Gusto, I remembered you talking about him years ago. So sorry for your loss, I can just imagine the pain.
I've only had Emma for 8 years now, and I dread the day...
Feel comforted by the fact that Gusto had a good life with you and your dad,
that he was "rescued" by good people who wanted and needed him, and that he meant everything to them for such a long time.
Lisa, I am so sorry for your loss of Gusto. I have a cat Miss Lilly I have had for almost 12 years and I dread losing her. We have been through so much together. Please accept my condolences on your loss.
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Always a wrench when they go I have definately been more upset about losing dogs than most people. I dunno about a land of eternal sunshine, though I reckon ours would like to go somewhere where people leave food within grabbing distance & there are LOTS of things to pee on!!
Lisa, I am so sorry to hear about Gusto. I remember you writing about him before on this site. I hope your memories of him and the love he brought into your household will comfort you and your dad. Sounds like he was one of the fortunate ones who found a very loving family to spend his life with.
Sorry to hear about your pet. I had a dog for 16years and several years ago he had to " go to sleep". It was and still is a sore spot. I went for years without a pet until one evening I went down into the garage and heard this kitten mewing--couldn't locate it for a few minutes--thought it was outside but it turned out it was inside the garage. I ran it out and tried everyway to run it off-- it went around back and into my neighbors yard where their dog chased it across our yard to the next neighbors yard. My wife in the meantime was cooking steaks on the grille on the deck and when we came inside to eat we heard this little mewing at the back door-- we couldn't sit there and eat steak with a little kitten starving on the deck. We let it in, cut up some steak into small pieces and warmed it a bowl of milk--it practically inhaled the food and then ran under the china hutch in the dining room and settled down.
That was on a Wednesday evening and I called my sister to see if she wanted it--she said she would take it-- the next day my mom died and during the next few days the kitten stayed with us, It turned out to be a real comfort to me -- I've had her for 12 years now and worry that she's getting old--don't know what I would do without her! Strange that the kitten showed up the day before my mom died and was such a comfort to me during a hard time. They say God works in mysterious ways but I wouldn't take a million for my cat !!